2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – Thursday RM Preview

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The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is underway! Thursday is when things begin to pick up steam at the Ritz-Carlton with RM’s Auction Preview open to the public, as well as open doors to the retail shop and antique signage store.  Jaguar also began their test drive schedule early this year – featuring a rather loud Union Jack liveried F-type convertible, among other cars.  Also spotted today was the quite splendid BMW i8 in a really rather stunning electric blue (below).

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Concours!

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If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you probably know my favorite shoot of the year is coming up this weekend – the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  This week, I’ve been up at the Ritz-Carlton with AAA, photographing a wonderful event they put on at the resort, so I had the privilege of seeing the area transformed into a car lover’s dream and all the great cars rolling into the resort.  Check out some of these amazing cars in the gallery below!

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2014 Rolex 24 in Technicolor & a Brief Lesson on Race Photography

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After a lot of work and a little sleep, I’ve managed to cobble together some of my favorite shots from our coverage of the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona for Top Gear.  This was our first Rolex 24 and a bit of a last minute trip – compounded by a shoot back in Jacksonville smack dab in the middle of the race – but with a little creativity and even less sleep, I was able to be at the race during the day, at night, through dawn and into the morning.  Above is one of my favorite photos from the race – a six second time exposure from high in the stands about 20 minutes before sunrise.  With cars gunning through the front stretch at over 175mph, the moderate exposure time allowed for some great light trails.

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Of course, what kind of endurance race photographer would I be if I didn’t manage to get the ever important ‘red-glowy brake rotor’ photo (above).   The trick with these sort of photos is to keep the ISO as low as you can while maintaining a half-way manageable shutter speed (the above shot was an 80th of a second) – that and taking a near-infinite amount of photos because most will be somewhere on the spectrum between ‘slightly fuzzy’ and ”a blurry mess’.   Below is another one of those ‘shoot it until you get something you like’ sort of shots.  Crossing the start-finish line at nearly 200MPH, the car goes from completely outside the frame, to inside the frame, to out the other side in under a 10th of a second – meaning timing is everything.  The trick here is a smaller aperture and pre-focusing on the rough location the cars are passing through.  All joking aside, practice does help a whole lot with timing and smoothness on both of these type of shots – so go out there and practice and you’ll find before long that the ratio of ‘keepers’ to ‘if you squint can I call this artsy?’ will greatly improve.

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Sneak Peek – 2014 Rolex 24 gets Underway

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As I type, the Rolex 24 is entering it’s 9th hour of competition.  Earlier this afternoon, I had the privileged of shooting the start of the race for our friends at Top Gear before having to head back to Jacksonville for a corporate shoot. The plan is to leave the house tomorrow at 4:00 to get back down to Daytona for the remainder of the race – including some night and dawn photography opportunities.  Being as I am looking at 4 hours of sleep, I thought I would limit this blog post to one photo for the night.  Hope it wets your whistle until I can get a proper post up!

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Amelia Concours 2013: Special Edition – The 1923 Locomobile

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Ever since this year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, I’ve been wanting to feature this great old car – and well, I’ve finally found the time.  The car in question is an all-original 1923 Locomobile Model 48 Series VIII Sportif.  As you browse through the photos, you may wonder what stood out to me about this fading, weathered and rather bleak looking car.  The paint is faded, the seats are worn and ripped in places, and yet this 90 year old car is a survivor.  You see, the vast majority of the cars at the Concours are pristine – they have either been flawlessly restored or vacuum-sealed from the moment they left the production line or coach maker.  But this Locomobile is different.  Just one look, and you can see this car has a history – a story that encourages investigation.

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And history it has.  Though over 90 years old, it has less that 25,000 original miles and on the RM auction block this spring, sold for $176,000.  To see more details about the vehicle’s history and some great staged photos of the car, feel free to visit the RM website. Want to see more coverage from the 2013 Concours?  Then visit the Concours section of our blog for a large collection of images from the weekend.

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Going Full Throttle at Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge

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This past weekend, we had the joy of spending an afternoon in Orlando with Ford’s line of EcoBoost powered cars.  The EcoBoost Challenge consists of three tracks – hypermiling (where you compete to achieve the best mileage), side by side comparison, and the ST performance academy.  Each track highlighted a different aspect of Ford’s vehicles, from fuel efficiency to fit and finish, to all-out performance.  Needless to say, the event was not only enjoyable to shoot but also to participate in!

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What is EcoBoost you might ask?  The idea is pretty simple – take an efficient engine, add two asymmetrical turbos, and get the best of both worlds – increased horsepower and torque with some rather splendid fuel economy.  Because of the asymmetrical pairing of a larger and smaller turbo, the lag often found in turbo engines is greatly diminished, and the power curve is really quite impressive.  For instance, the 2.0L EcoBoost engine puts out 240HP at 5500 rpm and peak torque (270 lb ft) all the way from 750–4500 rpm.  So, what’s all this mean, you might ask?  As Jeremy Clarkson would put it, “Powweeerrrr”!    BTW – he favorably mentions the spry little Fiesta ST in his latest rambling: Jeremy Clarkson on having too much Power.

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But enough with the numbers and technicalities – you want to know what it was like.  In a word – fantastic!  Despite weather hot enough to cook a prime rib (or my Nordic skin) on the pavement, the opportunity to push these cars was quite delightful.  Even the hypermiling course was a challenging bit of fun – I reached a staggering 262 MPG on the course with just a tiny bit of cheating…  When I went back to do it correctly, I still managed 51 MPG, though others who were able to follow the rules better than I scored in excess of 140MPG.  On to the autocross track – where i felt a bit more at home.  Though I’ve had similar track time only once before (See our Jaguar Alive Coverage from earlier this year), I was able to manage a respectable 5th place in a group of about 60 people, with a time of 29.1 seconds.  The top time, just 1.3 seconds faster, was achieved by a semi-pro autocross racer, so all in all, fifth sounded pretty good to me.  What a fun day!

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Amelia Island + Ritz-Carlton + BMWs = FUN!

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Just last night, we had the pleasure of spending our first non-work night at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and boy was it awesome!  As always, the staff at the resort was so kind, generous and helpful.  For a car guy like myself, the added bonus of being able to briefly enjoy two great BMWs was icing on the cake!  After a lazy afternoon around the resort, we took the Z4 (above) out and about in Fernandina for a great dinner at Timoti’s (food pictured below).   I tried the blackened fish and shrimp and Bryn gave the fish tacos a go.  We highly recommend a visit!

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After a wonderfully bacon-filled breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton’s Cafe 4750, we were energized for a quick drive in BMW’s new 650 Gran Coupe.  And so, we set off down A1A, headed toward Jacksonville, turned around, and enjoyed the panoramic views of Florida’s scenic marshland.  From there, we returned to the resort, just in time for a quick visit to the Salt store, where we picked up a few momento’s to remember the weekend!

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While the visit was quick, and the cars even quicker, it was a really wonderful getaway.  Thanks again to all our Ritz friends who make the resort, and our stay, so wonderful!  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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